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American Legion Baseball Playoffs:
Whiteville-Hope Mills (postponed due to wet field)
Wilmington Post 10 beat Sampson-Duplin 11-1. Joe O’Donnell struckout 14 batters.
Hampstead Post 167 beat Jacksonville 15-12
AP Basketball Writer
Dwight Howard says he is signing with the Houston Rockets.
The All-Star center posted a message on Twitter on Friday night saying he thought Houston was “the best place for me.”
“I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season,” he added.
The Lakers confirmed earlier Friday that Howard would be leaving after one season.
“We wish him the best of luck on the remainder of his NBA career,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.
USA Today first reported earlier Friday that Howard would join the Rockets, where he would join All-Star James Harden to give the Rockets a potentially potent inside-outside combination.
Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta were the other suitors interested in Howard.
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WILSON, NC (SHARKS) -– The Wilmington Sharks (15-15, 1-2) got the bats rolling on the road on Friday night as they picked up a 13-4 win over the Wilson Tobs. The Sharks picked up 13 runs on 10 hits as the pitching was good for Wilmington as six pitchers saw action as they combined for 11 strike outs and gave up four runs on 10 hits.
The Tobs struck first in the bottom of the first inning as Luke Lowery drove in two runs on a two out double to give Wilson an early 2-0 lead. The Sharks were able to even up the ball game in the top of the second inning as Tyler Slaton scored on a wild pitch and TJ Losby scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Alex Perez to tie the game at 2-2.
The Tobs regained the lead in the bottom of the third on a Jimmy Luppens RBI single and a Matt Rembielak RBI single to give Wilson a 4-2 advantage. The Sharks were able to tie up the game at 4-4 in the top of the fourth inning on a RBI triple from Perez who eventually scored on a ground out from Dylan Bosheers.
The Sharks picked up four runs in the top of the fifth inning as it was highlighted on a 2 RBI single off the bat of Slaton to give Wilmington an 8-4 lead. The Sharks continued to score throughout the game as they picked up a run in the sixth and seventh inning and three more runs in the eighth inning to give them a 13-4 lead as they hung on to win the ball game.
Perez and Slaton combined for four hits and six RBIs for the Sharks. Jimmy Luppens went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs for the Tobs.
The Sharks return back home on Saturday evening as they take on the Peninsula Pilots with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.